New Judges Information
Study groups will be set up for all levels this summer. If you are willing to host a session in your home, please contact Denise or Lee.
Practice tests are being developed and will be posted as soon as they are completed.
New Judges liaison is Dawn Kiss. EMAIL
Judging Requirements and Question and Answers
The following websites - USAG and NAWGJ national websites- have additional information on how to become a judge.
To Our New Judges
Hello, we want to extend a warm welcome to each of you that are considering becoming a Washington State Gymnastic Judge - whether you are a new judge, or new to our state. Our gymnastic community is here to aid and support you. Do not hesitate to contact the Co-State Judging Directors, Lee Bjella or Denise Green - Email
As a board we recommend that you have a mentor; we will assist you with that selection. Mentors are very valuable; they facilitate in your testing preparation, answer questions involving judging issues, and support you throughout your "growing years" as an official.
As any organization, we have numerous terms that can be confusing to new judges. The following definitions will help clarify our professional language and assist in your understanding of the different organizations that are involved in gymnastics.
TERM DEFINITIONS: (Websites for the following are located on the Links page)
NAWGJ - National Association Women's Gymnastics Judges - our state chapter is
SJD - State Judging Director. In our case, we have Co-SJD's
USAG - USA Gymnastics (our national organization located in Indianapolis)
R2 (Region 2) - Washington is in Region 2 (Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington)
RJD - Regional Judging Director, Ann Heppner, Oregon
Memberships: There are two organizations that you must become a member of before you can be assigned meets. It is also your responsibility to renew your membership to each annually.
USAG (click here for more info): USAG membership dues are: Online Registration - $84 Or Mail / Fax Registration - $89. You must also get a background check and be safety certified. (You can talk to one of the Co-SJD's to explain this, or go to the USAG website for more information.)
NAWGJ - (click here more info): our national judging organization, your membership to NAWGJ is your responsibility. Cost:
As a NAWGJ member you are automatically covered with one million dollar insurance protections.
Annually judges must maintain what is termed Continuing Professional Education (CPE). We are a professional organization that requires continual education to ensure the highest possible standards; therefore, each judge is required to maintain what is known as CPE.